Friday, June 29, 2007

Go Celeste!

Inspirational Girl Overcomes Hurdles to Tumble

June 27, 2007 03:59 PM

Sonia and Jae Choi
Sonia and Jae Choi

By Russell Yamanoha

(KHNL) - All this week in Memphis, Tennessee the National Championships in "Trampoline and Tumbling" have been going on.

That's where a very special local athlete is set to do her thing.

She's 6 year old Celeste Choi.

And when you watch her jump, it's hard to imagine the hurdles this little girl's had to overcome, just to take part in her sport. Celeste was born with congenital heart defect, a hole in her heart.

She needed open heart surgery when she was only 4 months old. Since then, her spirit has inspired and her energy's been endless.

Tuesday, she'll make her national event debut, just 4 months after stepping on to a trampoline for the very first time

"When she was born, I didn't think it was possible," said Sonia Choi, Celeste's mom. "At first, she couldn't do anything exerting. Later on, as she got a little older, they said for us just to treat her as a normal child. But we realized, that's probably the best thing we could do for her and let her just live the way that she can for the moment."

Celeste Choi is one of 20 local gymnasts in Memphis from the Hawaii Academy.

Sharie's Weather Shots

They had my sunset photo on the 10:00 news! Thanks, KHNL and Sharie!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

June 29 is...

Camera Day!

Who would have thought there is a camera holiday! Does that mean you can't use it for the day, or you are really supposed to give it a work out?

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Free Tide To Go is giving out a free sample of Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover.

Kami's Birthday!

June 28 is...

My niece, Kami's Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Little Princess! I love you!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

My First Picture on Flickr's Explore!


I'm so excited! I finally got a photo on Explore!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Happy Birthday, Karla!

June 21 is...

my cousin, Karla's birthday!

Happy Birthday, pretty Karla!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Friday, June 15, 2007

June 16 is...

Fudge Day

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Fudge


"This fudge is easy to make and very delicious. Enjoy this with your loved ones. For best results be sure to use a candy thermometer."

Original recipe yield:
60 squares


SERVINGS About scaling and conversions


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Grease an 8x8 inch square baking pan. Set aside.
  2. Combine sugar, cocoa and milk in a medium saucepan. Stir to blend, then bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer. Do not stir again.
  3. Place candy thermometer in pan and cook until temperature reaches 238 degrees F(114 degrees C). If you are not using a thermometer, then cook until a drop of this mixture in a cup of cold water forms a soft ball. Feel the ball with your fingers to make sure it is the right consistency. It should flatten when pressed between your fingers.
  4. Remove from heat. Add butter or margarine and vanilla extract. Beat with a wooden spoon until the fudge loses its sheen. Do not under beat.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and let cool. Cut into about 60 squares.

Naruto - At worlds end

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

June 14 is...


We saw this little guy while visiting the Punchbowl

National Cemetery of the Pacific

Punchbowl Memorial

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Free Downy is giving out free samples of Ultra Downy.

Chaiyya Chaiyya

Free Shredded Wheat has a free sample of chocolate shredded wheat cereal.

June 13 is...


We saw this guy in Waikiki during our first Flickr meet.

Lobster Thermidor


"This stunning lobster dish is surprisingly simple to make. Lobster shells are stuffed with cooked lobster in a creamy white wine sauce, then topped with Parmesan cheese and broiled until golden."

Original recipe yield:
2 servings

PHOTO BY: Leslie B Safar

SERVINGS About scaling and conversions


  • 1 medium (1 1/2 pound) cooked lobster
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 3/8 cups fresh fish stock
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup double cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot English mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cut the lobster in half lengthwise, and remove the meat from the claws and tail. Leave to one side. Remove any meat from the head and set aside. Cut the meat up into pieces and place back into the shell.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot; cook and stir until tender. Mix in the fish stock, white wine and double cream. Bring to a boil, and cook until reduced by half. Mix in the mustard, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper.
  3. Preheat your oven's broiler.
  4. Place the lobster halves on a broiling pan or baking sheet, and spoon the sauce over the lobster meat in the shell. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top.
  5. Broil for 3 to 4 minutes, just until golden brown. Serve immediately.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Kamehameha Day

June 11 is...

Kamehameha Day!

Kamehameha Day Celebration
Honor the King in his North Kohala birthplace

King Kamehameha's Statue On June 11th, 2007, thousands of people will gather on the northern tip of the Big Island of Hawai‘i to honor King Kamehameha I, the chief who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1795.

Small town, big celebration
Although North Kohala is a small community, each year it puts forth a large grassroots effort to celebrate and pay tribute to King Kamehameha.

Kamehameha Day is recognized as a state holiday throughout Hawai‘i, but North Kohala is a very special place to celebrate Kamehameha Day. Kamehameha I was born in North Kohala, where residents played a prominent role in saving his life as an infant.

Original statue draped in flowers.
See the original statue of the King Kamehameha I in all its holiday glory. Beginning at 8 a.m. on June 11th, the statue in Kapa‘au is decorated with 22-foot-long floral lei created in tribute to the King. Statue decorating ceremonies include hula, history, and music.

Traditional floral parade.
Watch a traditional pa‘u parade with horses and riders adorned in flowers and colors to represent each Hawaiian Island. At 9 a.m., the road closes and the pa‘u riders, floral floats, and marching units step off from the Ainakea entrance in Kapa'au, marching down Akoni Pule Highway to the Kohala Cultural Center in central Hawi.

Enjoy a Ho'olaule'a
Hula GirlsEnjoy a ho‘olaule‘a (music festival) where you can eat local food, learn about Hawaiian history and community activities, watch hula and listen to Hawaiian musicians. Ho‘olaule‘a begins after the parade and continues until 4:30 p.m. at the Kohala Cultural Center.

Visitors are Invited
Visitors are welcomed to the North Kohala towns of Hawi and Kapa‘au on June 11, 2007, to take part in this unique local event. A trip to this historic area on King Kamehameha Day is sure to be a highlight of a trip to the Islands. While in North Kohala, visitors can take in the natural beauty of ocean cliffs and ranchland, visit breathtaking Pololu Valley, and browse the area’s many shops, restaurants, and galleries. Bring a camera.

Kamehameha Day in North Kohala
All events are free. The Kamehameha Day Celebration is organized by the Kohala Hawaiian Civic Club. All events are subject to change without notice.

3 Magic Tricks (easy to do)

Criss Angel - walk on water

June 12 is...

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

SUBMITTED BY: Sharon Baetcke

"Deliciously simple, fast, and easy!"

Original recipe yield:
18 cookies


SERVINGS About scaling and conversions


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 18 milk chocolate candy kisses, unwrapped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine sugar, peanut butter, and egg.
  3. Shape into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. NOTE: If dough is too sticky, refrigerate 1/2 hour or until easy to handle.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove cookies from oven. Press a chocolate kiss into the center of each warm cookie.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

June 8 is...

The day before my birthday!

June 7 is...

Girls from my Sunday School class enjoying ice cream whilst I teach the lesson!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007


Free Juicy Juice is offering a FREE sample of Juicy Juice Harvest Surprise.

Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride

June 6 is...

* National Yo-yo Day
* 1st Roller Coaster Opened

Artist Lyrics: Disney
Song Lyrics: Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride
Album Lyrics:
[Buy " " CD]

Aloha e aloha e
'Ano 'ai ke aloha e
Aloha ae aloha e
A nu ay ki aloha e

There’s no place I’d rather be
Then on my surfboard out at sea
Lingering in the ocean blue
And If I had one wish come true
I’d surf till the sun sets
Beyond the horizon

A wiki wiki mai lohi lohi
Lawe mai i ko papa he'e nalu
Flyin by on the Hawaiian roller coaster ride

A wiki wiki mai lohi lohi
La we mai iko papa he na lu
Pi'i na nalu la lahalaha
O ka moana hanupanupa
Lalala i kala hanahana
Me ke kai hoene i ka pu'e one
Helehele mai kakou e
Hawaiian roller coaster ride

There’s no place I’d rather be
Than on the seashore dry, wet free
On golden sand is where I lay
And if I only had my way
I'd play til the sun sets
Beyond the horizon

Lalala i kala hanahana
Me ke kai hoene i ka pu'e one
It’s time to try the Hawaiian Roller coaster ride

Hang loose, hang ten, howzit, shake a shaka
No worry, no fear, ain't no biggie braddah
Cuttin' in, cuttin' up, cuttin' back, cuttin' out
Frontside, backside, goofy footed, wipe out

Looking for the wipeout
Let's get jumpin', surf's up and pumpin'
Coastin' with the motion of the ocean
Whirlpools swirling, cascading, twirling
Hawaiian roller coaster ride

There’s no place I’d rather be
Then on my surfboard out at sea
Lingering in the ocean blue
And if I had one wish come true
I’d surf till the sun sets
Beyond the horizon

A wiki wiki mai lohi lohi
Lawe mai i ko papa he'e nalu
Flyin by on the Hawaiian roller coaster ride

A wiki wiki mai lohi lohi
La we mai iko papa he na lu
Pi'i na nalu la lahalaha
O ka moana hanupanupa
Lalala i kala hanahana
Me ke kai hoene i ka pu'e one
Helehele mai kakou e
Hawaiian roller coaster ride

Sunday School Opening Assembly

Monday, June 4, 2007

FREE FitSMart Bar is offering a free FitSmart Bar.

FREE fabric softener

June 4 is...

A boy employed to tend the sheep despised his work, he liked to sleep.
And when a lamb was lost, he'd shout: "Wolf wolf! The wolves are all about!"
The neighbors searched from noon till nine but of the beast there was no sign.
Yet "WOLF!" cried the boy, next morning, when the villagers came out again.

One evening around six o'clock, a real wolf fell upon the clock.
"Wolf!" yelled the boy. "A wolf indeed!" But no one paid him any heed.
And though he screamed to wake the dead, "He's fooled us every time." they said.
"Let the hungry wolf enjoy his feast of mutton, lamb, and boy."

The moral's this, the man who's wise does not defend himself with lies.
Liars are not believed, forsooth. Even when liars tell the truth.

My very favorite of Aesop's fables, which I memorized in 6th grade, and still can quote!

Saturday, June 2, 2007